So, you’ve just been told you need to hire a land surveyor. Maybe you are building an addition to your property and your architect said you needed a land survey. Maybe you are in a boundary dispute with your neighbor and your lawyer told you to call a surveyor. Choosing the right surveyor for the job may seem like a daunting task especially if you don’t know what a surveyor does or what, exactly, a boundary survey even is. And, just picking the lowest bid could set you up for trouble down the road, especially if your property line is in dispute. (See why a boundary survey should not cost less than $500.)
Before a survey crew steps foot on your property, a surveyor will conduct extensive research to find existing legal documents affecting the title of your property, the recorded maps and documents that created your property, and survey markers in the vicinity of your property.
The field survey is conducted by a crew made up of professionals who are educated in measurement and advanced math and who need to make complex calculations using sophisticated equipment.
Once the survey is complete, a complex analysis of the field work is performed to ensure the quality of the data. A licensed land surveyor needs to check (and double check) every point before the map can be stamped and submitted to be recorded as a legal document.
A licensed land surveyor has gone to school and in many cases has a degree in Civil Engineering or similar field. They have passed a 12-hour exam, have years of experience and are experts in measurement and the legal aspects of boundaries.
A licensed land surveyor can help you navigate the complex process of getting your map approved and recorded with your local municipality, saving you time and money and keeping your project on track.
In case of a problem down the road, you will want to have someone you can call to back up the work you paid for and assist you in court, if necessary. Only a licensed land surveyor can be called as an expert witness in the event of a boundary dispute.